Bringing hope to those with traumatic brain injuries

After suffering a severe brain injury, Samuel Porter turned to the experienced treatment team at Texas NeuroRehab Center and discovered that recovery is possible.

Did you know?

March is Brain Injury Awareness Month, which is an annual observance of the causes and consequences of brain injury and the need for greater awareness, prevention, research, education, and advocacy on behalf of individuals who sustain a devastating, life-changing brain injury, and their caregivers. For more information, visit the Brain Injury Association of America.

Thousands die each year in the US from traumatic brain injuries (TBIs).* Those who survive may experience problems with memory, problem-solving, sensory processing, communication and behavioral or mental health. But regaining normal function may be possible through proper treatment and rehabilitation.

In 2017, Texas NeuroRehab Center in Austin, Texas, treated 96 patients with a traumatic brain injury diagnosis. One of those patients was Samuel Porter.

On June 25, 2017, Samuel was riding his motorcycle when a car pulled out in front of him. Without enough time to stop, Samuel struck the left side of the car. He suffered a TBI and spent the next 22 days in an acute care hospital. This was followed by months of inpatient and outpatient care at Texas NeuroRehab Center.

Texas NeuroRehab Center is a specialized treatment facility. It provides complex medical and brain injury rehab for people age 13 and older and neuropsychiatric treatment for youth. The capabilities of the facility as a whole allow for integrated and specialized care for children, adolescents and adults facing difficult challenges.

"I didn't know the condition I was in mentally," stated Samuel. "I had no memory of what happened. It was six weeks after the accident before I started remembering things."

Walt Mercer, PhD, Director of Clinical Services, recalls, "Samuel was severely injured when he arrived here. In addition to a TBI, he had sustained multiple facial fractures, a left wrist and hand fracture and multiple pelvic fractures. He required multiple surgeries."

The therapists challenged me to work hard while I was at the facility and on my own as well. They were all very caring.
—Samuel Porter

Samuel remained in inpatient rehab for two weeks where he received physical, occupational and speech/language therapy. Rehabilitation professionals can help restore function, maximize safety and support the highest level of independence and quality of life possible for all who depend on their skills.

The skilled team at Texas NeuroRehab Center helped Samuel make huge functional gains. "When he arrived here, he was not following commands," stated Dr. Mercer. "By discharge, he was able to walk 1,000 feet, was following commands and advanced to a regular diet. He was completing transfers and activities of daily living, such as dressing, with only supervision."

Samuel continued to improve during the three months he spent in outpatient rehab. Upon discharge, he was able to complete all tasks consistent with his previous level of functioning in recreational- and work-based activities.

For Samuel, rehabilitation put things in perspective. "I had to relearn basic skills like walking and talking," said Samuel. "The therapists challenged me to work hard while I was at the facility and on my own as well. They were all very caring."

Samuel is very grateful for the care he received from the rehabilitation team at Texas NeuroRehab Center. After six months of hard work and sheer determination, he is returning to his career as a firefighter so he can continue his life of helping others.

Learn more about brain injury treatments provided by Texas NeuroRehab Center

Catch Dr. Mercer's presentation at the 17th Annual Alamo Head Injury Association Brain Injury Symposium on March 22, 2018 →